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Israel says Holocaust tropes in COVID-19 protests fuelling anti-Semitism

CA, 28 Jan 2022
Protesters against COVID-19 measures who liken themselves to Jews under Nazi persecution have become a new contributor to global anti-Semitism, the Israeli government said in a report marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

"COVID-19 brought Holocaust trivialization to a summit," said Yad Vashem chairman Dani Dayan. "Things like that, sometimes done by politicians, by public figures, are despicable and Yad Vashem is very clear in demanding those persons retract."

Former Israeli Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, whose parents and brother were among the six million Jews killed by the Nazis and who himself survived a concentration camp as a child had a more personal appeal: "Please leave the word 'Holocaust' for the Holocaust - and nothing but it."

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